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Dr Chrissy Hammond

Dr Chrissy Hammond

Dr Chrissy Hammond
MBiochem(Oxon), PhD(Lond)

Research Fellow

Area of research

Regulation of cartilage and bone homeostasis in development and in disease

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Summary

My research focuses on the regulation of cartilage and bone homeostasis in development and in disease, particularly osteoarthritis. I use the zebrafish as a model because it combines excellent genetics with beautiful imaging possibilities, which allow us to study the development of the skeletal system dynamically in vivo.

The lab is currently mapping and characterising a number of mutant genes, which I identified in a forward genetic screen while in the Schulte-Merker at the Hubrecht Institute in the Netherlands. All of the mutant fish generate too much bone and show loss of cartilage matrix integrity and changes to joint structure, all of which are hallmarks of osteoarthritis.

Activities / Findings

 

  • Two populations of osteoblasts (bone forming cells) respond to different levels of Hedgehog signalling Read more >

Selected publications

  • E, [VE, AM, [VV, HJ, [VK, Styrkarsdottir, U, Zhu, Y, Meulenbelt, I, Lories, R, Karassa, F, Tylzanowski, P, Bos, S, Consortium, TA, Akune, , Arden, N, Carr, A, Chapman, K, Cupples, L, Dai, J, Deloukas, P, Doherty, M, Doherty, S, Engstrom, G, Gonzalez, A, Halldorsson, B, Hammond, C, Hart, D, Helgadottir, H, Hofman, A, Ikegawa, S, Ingvarsson, T, Jiang, Q, Jonsson, H, Kaprio, J, Kawaguchi, H, Kisand, K, Kloppenburg, M, Kujala, U, Lohmander, L, Loughlin, J, Luyten, F, Mabuchi, A, McCaskie, A, Nakajima, M, Nilsson, P, Nishida, N, Ollier, W, Panoutsopoulou, K, Putte, Tvd, Ralston, S, Rivadeneira, F, Saarela, J, Schulte-Merker, S, Shi, D, Slagboom, P, Sudo, A, Tamm, A, Tamm, A, Thorleifsson, G, Thorsteinsdottir, U, Tsezou, A, Wallis, G, Wilkinson, J, Yoshimura, N, Zeggini, E, Zhai, G, Zhang, F, Jonsdottir, I, Uitterlinden, A, Felson, D, Meurs, Jv, Stefansson, K, Ioannidis, J & Spector, T 2011, ‘Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies confirms a susceptibility locus for knee osteoarthritis on chromosome 7q22’. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, vol 70 (2)., pp. 349 - 355
  • Spoorendonk, K, Hammond, C, Huitema, L, Vanoevelen, J & Schulte-merker, S 2010, ‘Zebrafish as a unique model system in bone research: the power of genetics and in vivo imaging’. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, vol 26., pp. 219 - 224

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